Today's cover story cannot be ignored.Regardless of where...


September 20, 1992|By MICHAEL DAVIS

Today's cover story cannot be ignored.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of AIDS, the words and pictures presented on our pages are worthy of your family's attention.

Months ago, I asked photographer Mark Bugnaski to find a way to put a human face on AIDS. Mark, an enterprising and persistent documentarian, came back with the idea of showing a patient at home in the final stages of AIDS, telling not only the patient's story but the stories of those who provide loving care for him.

It struck me in an early editing session that Mark's photographs were both triumphant and tragic. We then asked magazine staff writer Patrick McGuire to add lyrics to the last movement of Donald Krinkey Jr.'s song of life. What resulted was a powerful intertwining of text and image, and a cover story of which we are immensely proud.

We realize they aren't pretty pictures, but there is nothing pretty about a disease that robs society of so many of its vital participants.

Is there nothing we as individuals can do about AIDS?

Indeed, there are appropriate responses. We can stay informed and inform others. And we can be compassionate, and give of our time and money.

Tonight, at the Baltimore Arena, country-pop star Kenny Rogers will headline Lifesongs 1992, the fifth annual concert to provide funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Some of the proceeds will go to Care Consultants Inc., the non-profit agency that provides home nursing services and ambulatory treatment at the CCI center to people afflicted with HIV/AIDS. Kathleen "Rose" Rosemary, whom you will meet in today's story, provides such service.

Tickets, ranging from $18-$100, can be purchased as long as they are available at the Baltimore Arena box office. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Call Ticketmaster, (410) 481-SEAT, to charge tickets.

# There's still time.

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